Back to the island again

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Bay View

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

We arrived back at Koh Phangan at about 6.30am and headed back to High Life Bungalows, where we spent the next few days chilling out and getting back into our routine of noodle soup lunches, frisbee in the afternoons and lazy evenings. But this time the weather wasn't so good. It rained a couple of days and when it wasn't raining it was very sticky and hot. We met a lovely couple Tarn and Alex from New Zealand and spent a few days drinking happy hour Changs at a restaurant Absolute Island (only 40 baht a large Chang!) before they headed off to Koh Tao. Tarn is a mountain guide and they both do 30 to 60 day tours climbing mountains in Nepal. Elliot wanted to sign up there and then, but I wasn't so sure I was ready to climb 5 mountains in a month!
As the weather was a bit changeable we decided to see if we could swop resorts to something a bit nicer, with aircon etc. We wandered down the beach and checked out a new resort at the end called Bay View. It always looked a bit too big and flash, but when we had a look around, it's actually very nice. Everything is new and the rooms were lovely, especially compared to what we were used to. They were also doing offers as it was low season and they were still doing some building work at the back of the site. So we ended up in a lovely room with aircon, hot water, tv, fridge and balcony with great views for only 900 baht. We thought as it was our last 3 weeks, we deserved an upgrade and as at peak times the rooms would go for 2000 baht a night, so we checked in straight away.

And this is where we are now. Our friend Eamonn (another Bariloche friend) is arriving tomorrow to help us celebrate our last 2 weeks of travelling before we fly to Dubai on 22nd May. More Thailand stories to follow.
Some of them I'm sure will involve a crazy Russian opera singer we've met called Vladimir. He often thinks his name is Shiva, hasn't been to sleep for about a week and can be found wandering the beach in a tiny sarong singing away.
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